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17
Jun

Peachy Keen: Annual JAMboree features county favorite

It’s hard to resist a fresh-from-the-oven peach pie, and Stonewall Peach Queen Dana Warren shows off one of the tasty creations found at Gold Orchards, Inc., on Friday evening. One of the many highlights of the 54th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday is the peach pie and cobbler baking contests. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Hill Country peach growers will be joining residents and visitors alike on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, in Stonewall to celebrate Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, the two-day 54th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo will include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, music, baking contest, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Friday night

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday.

At that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 50 contestants.

The first heat of mutton busting begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday with the second heat during the rodeo performance.

Peach Queen contestants will be introduced at 7:30 p.m.

The CPRA Ram Rodeo by DVS Productions gets under way at 8 p.m.

Wed
17
Jun

Fox named senior director at Texas Tech regional campuses

Dr. Kelly Fox takes over as senior director for Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes beginning this week. Fox moves into the position after eight years of experience as the coordinator of the Texas Tech regional sites’ education program, TechTeach. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

Dr. Kelly Fox has been elevated to the senior director position for Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes.

Fox takes over the position after serving as the interim director since August 2014, and while some paperwork still needed to be finalized, her official start date was Monday, June 15.

“I’ve been with Texas Tech for many years in the Hill Country, and when this job became available, it was just something I always wanted to do,” Fox said. “I was just fortunate that it came open. I’m extremely happy that I got the job and I’m excited to work for Texas Tech.”

The position came open last year when Julie Martenson resigned.

As director for the two regional campuses, Fox will oversee enrollment enhancement, improving academic programs and adding new baccalaureate programs, community outreach, and oversight of the budget and fiscal management of both of the regional teaching sites.

Wed
17
Jun

Antique Machinery Show

The dust was flying on Friday afternoon when Will Weidenfeller of Fredericksburg and Buddy Webber of Center Point demonstrated wood sawing at the 30th Annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club Show at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. More photos are on A/B5 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
17
Jun

Shootout instigator to serve 10 years

By Matt Ward —

A local veteran who attempted to commit suicide by instigating a shootout with local police at the Valero gas station on Dec. 18, 2013 has begun a 10-year sentence, following final judgment Thursday.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 25, pled guilty in Boerne to 12 counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery on June 2, 18 months after a three-hour standoff ended with gunfire but no major injuries to law enforcement.

After a Kendall County jury rendered a sentence of 10 years in prison on the 12 aggravated assault counts and 10 years of probation on the two aggravated robbery counts, N. Keith Williams, judge for the 216th District, confirmed the sentence Thursday during a post-trial hearing at the Gillespie County Jail.

Wed
17
Jun

Chamber Fun After Five event slated for Thursday at Becker Vineyards

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce invites all members, prospective members, employees, representatives and guests to a Fun After Five mixer from 5-7 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, June 18.

Hosted by Becker Vineyards, the event will be held under the covered, open-air pavilion, rain or shine.

Becker Vineyards is located at 464 Becker Farms Road.

The vineyard will be serving a selection of their award-winning wines.

Centennial Bank will be on-site with their cooker to serve sausage wraps and Kelani Yogurt will be serving up some cool treats, complete with many toppings.

Additional co-sponsors include ND2NO, Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Luckenbach Texas, Joseph Financial Partners, Billy Johnson-State Farm Insurance, Gästehaus Schmidt and Dr. Christa O’Leary-Ideal Protein Weight Loss.

Wed
17
Jun

Little Rustlers camp set Saturday

Pioneer Museum will host a Little Rustlers camp from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 20.

They will have programs for students ages six to 12 years.

Admission is $5 per person.

The museum is at 325 West Main Street. For more information, go online to www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441.

Herding sheep

John Lewis will demonstrate, with live animals, the art of herding sheep. Lewis and his Border Collies have competed successfully in sheepdog trials throughout Texas and the United States.

For several years, he and his dogs have presented programs to school children at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials in Meeker, Colorado.

Wed
17
Jun

City skate park to officially open

The Fredericksburg skate park at Old Fair Park will hold its official opening ceremony at 5 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 17.

Morning Rotary Club President Karen Pooser will start the event by welcoming those in attendance, and introducing special guests and city officials.

Susan Kimbrell, the skate park’s project manager, will introduce special guests and present a short version of the skate park’s journey.

Pooser, Kimbrell, City Manager Kent Myers and Councilman Graham Pearson will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

The city and the Rotary Club decided on June 11 to go forward with the official opening of the park, which is yet to be named.

Wed
10
Jun

Conference center could bring business

By Ken Esten Cooke and Matt Ward —

Has Fredericksburg grown enough to support a conference center?

That was the question behind a 154-page report given last Tuesday at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center by consulting company HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment.

City council members, a county commissioner, Gillespie County Economic Development Commission and other business and civic leaders attended the slide-show presentation.

The HVS feasibility study allowed the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau to present to the Fredericksburg City Council both the challenges and opportunities relating to the meetings industry in Fredericksburg.  

Ernie Loeffler, CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, said the study showed the town’s strengths and weaknesses in deciding whether to pursue the project.

Wed
10
Jun

FISD, Harper show progress in early STAAR testing scores

By Richard Zowie —

The preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results are in, and despite a few concerning areas, students overall did well.

Linda Hicks, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, presented the preliminary STAAR results to the district trustees during Monday’s regular meeting.

Trustees also appointed new leadership and authorized FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright to negotiate an education services contract.

Early STAAR results

Hicks presented trustees with the preliminary STAAR data for the 2014-2015 school year, and Fredericksburg students met or exceeded the standard in 12 of the 17 tested areas.

Students fell below the state standard in fourth- and sixth-grade reading, fourth-grade writing, high school Algebra 1 and U.S. History.

Wed
10
Jun

Class of 2015 strives to 'make each moment count'

Christopher Ayala, Fredericksburg Police Department officer, student resource officer and criminal justice teacher at Fredericksburg High School, gives an impromptu tie-tying lesson to (from left) Justin Durst, Robert J. Calzada and Nathan Brenner, prior to last Friday’s Fredericksburg High School Class of 2015 graduation. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

“I Lived” by One Republic, the class song for the Fredericksburg High School Class of 2015, talks about the importance of making every moment count.

As the students venture into life following graduation last Friday, many will try to live by that.

Two hundred and fifteen FHS seniors received their diplomas during the ceremony.

This year’s event returned to FHS Stadium, following renovations last year that resulted in a temporary relocation to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Salutatorian Dorothy Walch encouraged her classmates to pursue their passions in life and to approach their interests “at full speed with open arms.”

In his speech, valedictorian Samuel Studebaker told his classmates to not pursue only money and wealth, but also fellowship and joy.

“Let’s set out to make the world a merrier place together while having some fun and adventure along the way,” he said.

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